General Information About Air Quality in Minneapolis

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Have you given a thought to what you are breathing in day in and day out? Most people don’t think of it until they’re coughing, sneezing, getting the flu or even Covid-19, which is a scary thought. Although, it is most often allergies caused by pollen or dander around the home. We have a lot of different options and solutions to better your air quality and make you that much more comfortable.


What Is Air Quality?

First of all, what is air quality? Air quality is determined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is a measurement of five pollutants in the air. The pollutants are sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ground-level ozone, and fine particles. Each of these contribute to the air quality index (AQI) in an area. The AQI shows the overall value, measurement, and scale of pollution in the air, measured every hour. The more the pollutants in the air, the higher the AQI is. There are six different levels on the scale: good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, and very unhealthy.

Factors of Air Quality

Many factors contribute to the state of our air quality. Air pollution can be from both local sources like cars, factories and homes, and out of state sources that get blown into Minnesota. Most air quality issues are not an overnight or short term event. They are long term with contributing factors from weather change and increasing base levels of pollutants in the air over the years. There are some notable exceptions, like wild fires or smoke from firework heavy holidays, that do effect air quality on a short term basis.

How to Get Better Air Quality

What can you do to help better your air quality? Plants can provide some better air for your home, but air purifiers are a great way to get the most of your air quality. We can test your air quality in a quick 30min inspection. Our device gives a full readout of what is in your air. We have air purifiers that help remove particles, dander, and other pathogens from the air. Our iWave UV air purifier goes at the end of your HVAC system, giving it one final “scrub” before entering your home. It removes 99% of pathogens from the air and doesn’t need much maintenance at all. We also suggest changing your air filter roughly every 3 months and checking it monthly. There are also stand alone air purifiers that can be set up in individual rooms for more specific air quality needs. We have all the air quality improvements you may need, you can check it out on our air purifications page.